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Iced

by Karen Marie Moning
Hardback Edition – Read December 18, 2012

Cost: $16.01 (As of this Post)

Length: 512 pages

Official Description: This is book #6 of the Fever series & Book #1 in the Dani O’Malley Trilogy

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

My Take:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Fever series, I love Mac and Barrons, I like that the last book in the series ended so open that there could easily be more stories and I like Dani. Is this book as good as the first 5…I don’t think it has the same spark, but it’s hard to beat what Mac and Barrons had, especially when you’re following around an extremely hormonal 14-year-old girl. It actually took about 25% of the book before I really got into it. I mean it was slow coming, we follow a mopey Dani around and set up the Fever world as it is immediately after Shadowfever. Dani mentions Mac and we see her in the distance and I just want to know what’s going on with her, because there is some weird business going on but we don’t know what it’s all about. The whole time I was just wanting Dani and Mac to make up because Dani is driving herself crazy about that whole situation. A lot of people think the whole age thing and all the men around Dani is weird. It could be I guess, it didn’t bother me, mostly because a) The Grey Woman (or Lady…I forget what her name was) gave Dani something extra in a previous book making Dani’s qualities pop and she’s got all those Mega-like qualities. Ryodan’s interested in her because she’s different, special he sees what she could become. Dancer I don’t know about Dancer yet, I don’t really trust that kid, but he’s kind of close in age to Dani. Then there is Christian….well, he’s all crazy now, but none of these guys take advantage of her, they all want to wait for her to come of age, they want to train her, mold her into something great, and they all see that she’s going to be a stellar grown up. So it didn’t make me uncomfortable.

The sections I really didn’t see a need for Kat’s POV’s, I guess there was need for sex and Kat was of age so let’s add her in. I didn’t really see how she added to the story at all, maybe it will come into play later on, but right now that just felt like it detracted from the story line.

I really did like this story, it is definitely worth picking up. If you haven’t read the other Fever books, then you’ll be lost because this is a continuation, just with a different character POV. Just be prepared for a killer cliffhanger. Ready for the next book.

Quote:

“Just one time before I turn into the villain of this piece, just one time before I become the fourth and final Unseelie prince, I want to be her Highlander. And her hero.”

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Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha

Fever Moon

by Karen Marie Moning (writer), Al Rio (artist)
Kindle Edition – Read  July 24, 2012

Cost: $12.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 192 pages

Official Description: (This is book 5.5 of the Fever series)

An all-new Mac & Barrons story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning, marvelously adapted into a full-color graphic novel by writer David Lawrence and illustrator Al RioIn Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe. Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them. With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.

My Take:

Fever Moon is set somewhere in the timeline of Shadowfever, sometime after meeting the Fear Dorcha in the bar and before finding the Sinsar Dubh. There’s plenty of back story in this graphic novel to go along with the hunt of the Fear Dorcha. It is beautiful drawn, very great art work and of course I loved this book. I think that major fans of the Fever series will also love this short little story. It is just a little more Mac with a little more Barrons and who doesn’t love Barrons? It’s weird to see Barrons in his creature form, and he talked in creature form which I didn’t think could happen. It was interesting to see all these characters drawn out and weird to see Mac all skin bearing and honestly I would have loved to see Mac when she had dyed short hair. Overall the story is well written the art is great the characters are ones you already know, if you don’t then…I would read the series before reading this graphic novel, and it was well worth reading.

 

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Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

by Karen Marie Moning
Kindle Edition – Read  June 30, 2012

Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 338 pages

Official Description: (This is book 1 of the Highlander series)

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .
An alluring laird…
He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm’s length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.
A prisoner in time…
She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne’s reservations were no match for Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side. . . .

My Take:

My goodness, I love Karen Marie Moning. She has a writing style and a way of drawing out characters and worlds that’s just amazing. Granted, when I began reading this book, I thought it was a bit stuffy. I don’t think I’ve read anything about Highlanders, in fact when some one says Highlanders I automatically think of the Christopher Lambert movie/show and in my mind all highlanders are sword wielding dudes that have to cut off people’s heads. I do realize that highlanders refer to people from the highlands of Scotland, but still that’s what comes to mind. Any how, this book was more romancey than I expected, I did read the Fever series first, and now I wish I would have read this series first. They seem to somehow tie in together. I did like the connection of Hawk and Adrienne, and the way their story unfolded. It wasn’t really romantic but it worked well. The fact that Adrienne was yanked out of 1997 America and thrown into 1513 Scotland was interesting because the really wasn’t much time shock or culture shock going on. Which is I guess why she was picked but I’d thought there would big a bigger deal with the time travel. Hawks transition from jumping from one bed to the next to settling down seemed to come rather abruptly too. The transitions just seemed to be a bit off, but I’m sure this was done to move the story along instead of dragging it out. Overall I really enjoyed the story and I think I will enjoy this series, but I hope there is more action in the later books. I don’t mean sexy action either, because there was PLENTY of that in this one, but more I don’t know, what I mean but I look forward to the next few books.

Quote:

“Valhalla on the right. Paradise regained on the left. Stuck between a Godiva truffle and a chocolate eclair. Between a rock and a very hard place. Two very hard places from the looks of it.”

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Shadowfever

Shadowfever

by Karen Marie Moning
Kindle Edition – Read  June 8, 2012

Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 671 pages

Official Description: (This is book 5 of the Fever series)

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds. In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card? From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

BONUS: This edition contains a deleted scene from Shadowfever.

My Take:

Yeah, I finally finished the Fever series! Only a year and a half late to this party, but reading this series was still phenomenal. Shadowfever is by far the longest book in this 5 part series and if you think you’ve got it all figured out then…well, I’m sure there are still some surprises left. I can’t really go into much of this book, since I have no interest in giving you spoilers. So I’ll just get to the point. This book is fantastic, almost every question is answered, nothing seems to go exactly as expected, and there are times were the plot turns just slap you in the face. Best of all there are no neat little bows on everything. Mac, annoyed me slightly in the first book, and I’ve grown to really like her because she feels real. She’s not perfect, FAR from it and she makes TONS of mistakes through the series. She’s a flawed character, so I find her more relateable, sometimes you just want to shake some sense into her. So the series comes to a conclusion, kind of. There is a lot left to expand this series, and as it turns out it is being expanded by at least TWO more novels. Also “Fever Moon” is the graphic novel that’s being released in July (in both hardback & Kindle Edition) which will continue on with the series. Then in October, Dani’s spin-off, Iced, begins (way excited). Needless to say this is now one of my top favorite series. I can’t wait for July!!

Quote: (This was hard to pick just one, there are so many great quotes)

“One day you do meet a man who kisses you and you can’t breathe around it and you realize you don’t need air. Oxygen is trivial. Desire makes life happen. Makes it matter. Makes everything worth it. Desire is life. Hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset. To touch the one you love. To try again.”

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Dreamfever

Dreamfever

by Karen Marie Moning
Kindle Edition – Read  May 24, 2012

Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 388 pages

Official Description: (This is book 4 of the Fever series)

MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.…In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest—and most erotically charged—adventure of her life.

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.

My Take:

Oh Mac, we left you at the end of Faefever in one heck of a mess, and of course you don’t pull yourself out of that mess. No one came to save you and you got all sexed up by crazy, Fae, evil princes. Then we get to be in Dani’s world for a bit. Which was pretty interesting, and which will go to show that the series that is coming out soon revolving around Dani will sure to be a good one. I love this series, I mean I really do love it, and I’ll be sad to see it end. It was originally projected as a 5 book series, and this is book 4. However, Ms. Moning announce a book 6 & 7, so we’ll see where she’ll go from there. Oh I ate this book up, and if you hated the ending of book #3 you’ll also hate this ending, because there is yet another cliffhanger. What is up with these authors and their cliffhangers? Ms. Moning doesn’t disappoint in content though. There seems to be a never-ending struggle as Mac evolves, continuously into something darker, and more dangerous, and Barrons, we get to see a whole new side to him….well, not new kind of slightly shinier side to him. Slight Spoiler Start: Oh and finally some Barrons and Mac action, I mean yeah, she was Priya at the time, but you wanted to slap her when she came out of it and say stick with him, but Mac Seems to want to be alone. End Spoiler. I can’t wait to finish this series, and see how everything will play out. I love these characters, and I so am not ready to give them up.

Quote:

“ Don’t lose yourself in anger, Mac. It’s gasoline. You can burn it as fuel, or you can use it to torch everything you care about and end up standing on a scorched battlefield, with everybody dead, even you—only your body doesn’t have the good grace to quit breathing.”

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